I am currently on a solo tour from Colorado to California, Oregon, and Montana. Celeste and I are seeing parts of the US that we have never seen before. It's been a great trip! We started out from Fort Collins on July 3rd and stopped in Salt Lake Citry Utah to play at an open mic night. I played a few songs and listened to a few other performers. The highlight of the night was one of the performers drescribing the next tune as being about 'sex' and then dedicated the song to his girlfriend sitting in front of the stage. She seemed a bit uncomfortable as the song got more and more intimate. It was really a swell moment. I love a heart felt tune as much as the next guy but wow, that was really funny. We moved on the next day to Monterey California arriving on the 4th of July. There is no fireworks show in Monterey and using fireworks can get you a $1000 fine. We played a duo show on the 5th for friends and then on the 6th at the Blue Fin on Cannery Row in Monterey. I saw lots of friends and my brother Les made sure that everyone in town knew we were there. Celeste and I have been opening some of the shows with our guitar/pedal steel duo show. It's great fun!! I enjoy playing with her on pedal steel and Celeste gets to play and sing some of her favorite songs. We decided to do it again at the next show in Ukiah, California. That show was also a special one because there are some former Fort Collins people that have moved to Ukiah in past years. Sid Cooperrider and famous FC bartender/barowner Toben got up and played some Atoll songs with me. We went to a party the following day where we met a former Congressman and listened to FC legend Liz Barnez on the CD player. I was pleased to learn that Liz's and my music is regularly played on the radio station there. We drove north to Willits, California to play a show at a great place called the Sanachie Pub. It's a very cool room and the staff and audiance were great. We are happy to continue to share music and make new friends in places that are new to us. That is the whole point of this trip. We are playing at open mic nights on off nights as we did yesterday in Cottage Grove Oregon at the Axe and Fiddle. We met the owner and visited with lots of nice folks. We will spend the day here in Eugene Oregon and move on the Montana in the morning. Thanks for staying in touch and keep us in your thoughts as you are always in ours!